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ALOG - Amateur

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Rune Grammofon RCD2063
Release Year: 2007
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €15.00

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"ALOG zhlen seit 1997 zu den besten experimentellen Elektromusikern in Norwegen. Seit ihrem Debt "Red Shift Swing" sind sie ihrem Label Rune Grammofon treu geblieben, wo die Nachfolger "Duck-Rabbit" und "Miniatures" erschienen. Letzteres gewann 2005 den norwegischen Grammy fr den besten Electronica-Release. ALOG reisten fr "Amateur" durch Norwegen und nahmen in Musikschulen und Musikslen von Grundschulen auf, um den Sound eines jeden Instrumentes optimal darstellen zu knnen, was im Studio dann zu "Amateur" geformt wurde. Das Ziel aller Computersoftware ist es heute, den individuellen Sound eines jeden Musikers zu berdecken und alles gleich klingen zu lassen; ALOG gehen auf "Amateur" den genau entgegengesetzten Weg. //
Alog are duo Espen Sommer Eide and Dag-Are Haugan, and this is their fourth full-length release for the Rune Grammofon label. Since forming in 1997, Alog have been among Norway's leading performers of experimental electronic music. They are mainstays at Rune Grammofon and have been with the label since their debut album Red Shift Swing was released in 1999. They have increasingly worked with various acoustic instruments and in collaboration with other musicians for long recording sessions in special locations. Travelling around the west coast of Norway with Nicholas H. Mllerhaug and Nils kland sidekick Sigbjrn Apeland, they recorded in music schools in an attempt to capture the unique sound of each selection of instruments found. Because of bad weather they could be stuck for days on islands off the wild northern coast recording themselves playing any instruments they could find and building more of their own. These sessions were subsequently worked on in the studio to bring out the unique spirit of this release, characterized by a curious and fresh approach to playing that is often lost in the process of becoming a virtuoso on a singular instrument. The word "amateur" originally denotes a person who is motivated by a passion or love for their activity. It has been the goal of Alog on this album to preserve and enhance this special energy in their songs, and to do this they use their "augmented acoustics" technology and bring out the hidden "amateur" energy of each song." [press release]


"Music by Alog have never ceased to amaze me. The duo of Espen Sommer Eide and Dag-Are Haugan have by now released a bunch of works on Melektronikk, Smalltown Supersound and En/Of, and here return with a strange CD, once again. Apparently 'it was recorded on various locations in the western and northern parts of Norway, often using instruments found or built for the sole purpose of this recording', which is something that is hard to believe. But 'these sessions were subsequently worked on in the studio to bring out the unique spirit of the 'Amateur'. In the post-production world of the studio anything is possible, I then think. To describe the music of Alog is not easy, but 'amateur' is a good description, in the most positive sense of the word. 'Childlike' and 'naive' are two others that fit the description quite well. There are hints of minimal music, microsound, folk and improvisation - and perhaps any category in between these that could be applied to the music of Alog. They play their instruments (whatever lost and found they might be) like children, not banging around but with a curious interest in seeing what a sound does. Carefully as not make too many sounds. Beautiful electronic sound scapes, with interesting electro-acoustic sounds here and there. Very nice. Once again." [FdW / Vital Weekly]